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Is Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Ignored at Concerts?

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by admin No Comments

Underage Drinking At Concerts

A recent concert featuring Chance the Rapper highlighted an ongoing problem with underage substance abuse that has gone largely unaddressed. At a show in Connecticut where the rapper was headlining, 90 people were hospitalized and police say that most of the patients were underage teens that were suffering from severe alcohol intoxication.

The situation took place at the Xfinity theatre in Hartford, Connecticut where radio station Hot 93.7 was presenting a concert. The 90 people hospitalized is much more than average for the theatre which typically deals with around 20-30 people being transported for emergency care. Following the incident Hartford police met with staff members of the theatre and agreed to increase enforcement at future events to prevent underage drinking.

It can be difficult to prevent underage drinking at concerts where people under the age of 21 are permitted. Teens can’t legally purchase alcohol at the venue but this usually does not stop them from showing up intoxicated to shows. Many underage teens may drink outside prior to the concert, find ways to sneak in alcohol to the concert or have a friend over 21 buy them a drink.

It is a problem that can’t be easily addressed as it could involve having to use a lot of police and security resources to spot underage drinkers especially at a large concert or stadium level venue. Prevention tactics could include a breathalyzer test and pat down prior to entry into the concert which would put extra strain on the venue.

Alcohol and Drug Use and Festivals

One of the more challenging problems comes from weekend long festivals which draw huge crowds in the summer months including many underage music fans. Drug use has become rampant at such festivals where many attendees bring in drugs like molly and ecstasy to enhance their experience. Drug and alcohol use can be especially dangerous at summer festivals because of the intense heat and tendency to develop severe dehydration.

There have been a number of instances of drug related deaths at festivals including two women who passed away at the Hard Summer music festival in 2015. Music festival deaths have increased in the past decade and studies show that 13 percent of those deaths are due to alcohol and drug use.

Because teens are allowed to attend most outdoor festivals there are also many cases of underage drinkers being hospitalized in these situations especially among teen girls. Local hospitals around Grant Park where Lollapalooza takes place often see room after room of kids coming in from the festival for treatment for severe intoxication. Hospital workers say that many teens come in with blood alcohol levels at 4 times the legal limit.

Although attendees are not allowed to bring alcohol into festivals like Lollapalooza, many find ways to sneak it in or simply drink heavily before the event. There are also stories of underage drinkers planting alcohol somewhere in the park before the event and then recovering it later when the festival begins.

Preventing Underage Intoxication

At most concerts and festivals there are already measures in place discourage underage drinking or drug use but with the amount of people in the crowd it can be difficult to combat the problem. Unfortunately, teen drinking and drug use is both a law enforcement problem and a public health issue that needs to be addressed more strictly to prevent the types of hospitalizations and even deaths that can sometimes occur at music events.

In 2015, New York’s Governor Cuomo attempted to crack down on underage drinking at concerts in the state. He started “Operation Prevent” to take a more proactive approach to teen drinking and drug use, encouraging law enforcement to make more arrests at concerts. His goal was to stop avoidable tragedies and prevent young people from making bad decisions.

Cuomo’s team included investigators from the DMV, State Police, the State Liquor Authority, and local law enforcement who performed sweeps of concerts throughout New York to find fake IDs and make arrests. Police made dozens of arrests at various shows including 55 arrests at a Future concert at Darien Lake. Cuomo believed that making more arrests would help to discourage young people from attempting to purchase or drink alcohol illegally.

These types of efforts can make teens less likely to drink at concerts for fear of the consequences. If underage drinking and drug use is ignored then the problem will only continue to grow and more young people will be hospitalized every year. Education about the dangers and effects of heavy drinking may also help discourage teens from trying to become intoxicated at concerts.

When young people are more aware of the consequences of their drug and alcohol use both in terms of their physical health and getting in trouble with the law they will be more likely to attend a concert sober.

Pregnancy and Addiction

Posted on: August 14th, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments

 

When women become pregnant they must make a number of sometimes tough changes to their lifestyle for the health of the baby including giving up things like alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine. This can be a difficult shift in their usual habits for most women but what about for those who struggle with a serious addiction? Women with either an alcohol or drug problem who suddenly become pregnant must make the choice between quitting their addiction or risking their child’s health.

Any substance that a woman consumes while pregnant can be transferred to her baby by passing through the placenta which is the organ that provides nutrition and oxygen in the womb. Toxins from alcohol and tobacco can interfere with the baby’s development and certain illicit drugs transfer to the baby and cause them to develop a dependency. Unfortunately many children are born dependent on drugs due to their mother’s substance abuse while pregnant.

In order to have a healthy pregnancy women must be very careful about what they eat, making sure to have a healthy diet and get enough rest and light exercise. Even adhering to a strict healthy regimen, there is still a chance for pregnancy complications. Needless to day, drug use and addiction while pregnant can dramatically increase the risk for these kinds of complications.

Possible Complications Due to Addiction

Having a healthy infant can a challenge in many situations but drug use while pregnant can lead to a lot of potential issues.

-Miscarriage and Stillbirth
Health problems and other issues can cause a child to pass away inside the womb before coming to term. A miscarriage occurs when a baby does not survive before the 24th week of pregnancy. A stillbirth occurs when a baby reaches the 24th week but is born with no sign of life. Drug and alcohol abuse as well as smoking can greatly contribute to the chances of a miscarriage or stillbirth.

-Placenta Abruption
This is a condition in which the placenta separates from the uterine wall before labor causing serious developmental problems. It is infrequently caused by a sudden impact to the abdomen but is much more commonly caused by smoking or drug and alcohol use during pregnancy.

-Premature Labor and Birth
Health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and drug addiction can cause a baby to be born about 3 weeks earlier than the due date. Babies that are born prematurely have many complications with their health including difficulty breathing, eating and drinking. Premature babies require intensive medical support for weeks or even months after they are born.

-Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to a number of disorders caused by alcohol reaching the baby through the umbilical cord. Babies can be born with various physical deformities and learning disabilities due to alcohol use.

-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Opioid use during pregnancy has become a growing problem in the U.S. and can cause the baby to be born with a dependency. Neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs when the child is born addicted to opioids and experiences withdrawal symptoms after birth including vomiting, sweating, seizure, trembling and more.

Recovering from Addiction while Pregnant

Not only does alcohol and drug use cause serious health risks to the child, addiction while pregnant can also be dangerous to the mother. Pregnant women need to take special care of their health to cope with the physical stress and strain of carrying a child. Women who abuse drugs while pregnant are more likely to experience serious health issues that can put their life at risk.

In order to have a safe and healthy pregnancy, it is crucial for any woman suffering from addiction to get professional help. Health professionals can assess the situation and develop a treatment plan that will improve her physical health and allow her to stay abstinent from drugs and alcohol. They can help place the mother in the right detox center and treatment program that will meet her physical and emotional needs.

It is important for a pregnant woman to be closely monitored throughout detox to prevent seizures or any of the more dangerous symptoms of withdrawal that could affect her health. By going through detox, they can rid their body of any chemicals or toxins that could harm the baby and avoid any type of dependency for the child.

Most specialized addiction centers will treat women who are pregnant and give them the care they need to remain sober throughout their pregnancy. After their child is born, women in recovery should continue to attend support group meetings or an aftercare program to ensure that they can avoid relapse in the early months of motherhood. With the right kind of treatment pregnant women can avoid any drug use and safely give birth to a healthy and happy child.

Singer Elle King Talks PTSD

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by admin No Comments

Elle King PTSD

Recently the 27 year old singer and daughter of comedian Rob Schneider opened up about her recent struggles with post traumatic stress disorder and depression. Using her public instagram account, Elle King posted a photo along with some lengthy text discussing her decision to seek mental health treatment for her issues.

In the post she said that she made the choice to begin talking with a doctor about her experiences with PTSD and compared her mental health issues to “a trip on LSD”. King said that the choice to seek help was one that she had been putting off for a long time for fear of opening up the pain from the past that had been hidden for so long.

She eventually realized that prolonging the decision to get treatment would ultimately make her situation worse. The choice to seek help at first made her feel like her “life was over” but she is beginning to work with a doctor and see some improvement.

King’s Early Life

Elle King’s real name is Tanner Elle Schneider and she was born to her father, the well known comedian and actor, Rob Schneider and her mother, a former model named London King. Her parents divorced and her mother remarried, raising Elle in southern Ohio along with her stepfather Justin Tesa. Elle remained in contact with her father, making her acting debut in his popular movie “Deuce Bigalow”.

Elle King began playing guitar at the age of 13 and credits her stepfather with inspiring her to become a musician by introducing her to the music of female rockstars like the Donnas and the Runaways. In her teenage years she began gigging around New York City and eventually was signed to RCA records to release her debut single “Good to Be a Man”.

She has said that she chose to use her mother’s name “King” rather than “Schneider” to differentiate herself rather than be known as a celebrity’s daughter. King’s music career began to gain traction as her music was chosen as a theme song for VH1’s “Mob Wives Chicago” series.

Personal Struggles and Divorce

Her breakthrough came when she released her new album “Love Stuff” along with the single “Exes and Ohs” which reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also received two grammy nominations for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. In spite of her success, King has had personal struggles that are still not fully understood by the public.

Elle King was dating a man named Andrew Ferguson for a few weeks when they suddenly got engaged on a sailing trip. The two had planned an elaborate wedding but the event was called off abruptly and they instead eloped in February 2016. At the time Elle King had posted online that she “skipped out” on the wedding choosing instead to go to an Eagles of Death Metal concert.

Later an incident occurred in the couple’s home that may have contributed to their eventual divorce. Police had responded to a domestic call in which Ferguson reportedly attacked King, grabbing her by the neck and allegedly threatening to kill her. Police observed that there were marks on King’s neck and arms which revealed a physical altercation had in fact occurred.

However, King reportedly did not want to press charges saying that the two were partying and that things had gotten out of hand. Ferguson claimed that he had thrown King on the bed to stop her from hitting her head against the wall. The district attorney did not move forward with the case

Recovering from Mental Health Problems

When the two decided to separate after only a year of marriage in May 2017, King wrote on Instagram that Ferguson was the “greatest love of my life” and her “best friend”. Only a few months after her divorce, King posted the recent photo and caption discussing her mental health issues.

Although it is unclear whether King’s issues with depression or PTSD are related to her unstable marriage or any issues with domestic violence, she has recently become more candid about her own inner demons.

Fans do not yet know what has caused her PTSD as King has only recently revealed the issue which she may have kept secret from the public for some time. As the singer receives treatment from a professional, she may be more willing to open up about the details of her problems and perhaps even reveal more about the cause and symptoms of her disorder.

For now she says that she is trying to make healthier choices for herself and love herself as much as possible. King appeared to be optimistic in her post, certain that she would get the help that she needs to be in a more stable state of mind in the future.

AA and Nicotine Addiction

Posted on: July 22nd, 2017 by admin No Comments

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Alcoholics Anonymous sets up strict rules regarding abstinence from alcohol consumption, encouraging all members to avoid drinking permanently. AA has proven to be a highly successful program for people to end their addiction to alcohol but the single focus of the program chooses not to address outside issues with other substances such as nicotine.

It is very common among AA members to continue smoking heavily even long after they have quit drinking to help them stave off any cravings for alcohol. The same issue affects those in NA or narcotics anonymous where members also tend to smoke cigarettes to help them deal with their drug issues.

While cigarettes may be effective as a temporary fix for alcoholics in recovery, the long term health issues associated with nicotine are serious problem in the AA community. It is projected that nearly three quarters of a million members of alcoholics anonymous will die from tobacco-related causes due to the heavy cigarette consumption typical of the program.

High Rates of Tobacco Use in Treatment

Evidence among existing members shows that most believe their nicotine consumption is a much less important issue compared to their alcohol or drug addictions. In most cases, they see their cigarette habit as something to be addressed later rather than give up both alcohol and nicotine simultaneously.

In New York for example, studies have revealed that 92% of those admitted to substance abuse treatment programs are also dependent on nicotine. Comparatively, the rate of smoking among the general population in New York is lower than 20% according to recent data. Similar rates of nicotine dependence in addiction treatment centers are found in other states throughout the country.

Many alcoholics or drug abusers do not consider the health effects of their nicotine habit while in recovery. Research shows that people with substance abuse issues have a four times greater risk of dying from tobacco use than the risk for the general population. These deaths related to tobacco use can result in up to 25 years lost from expected life spans.

Addressing Tobacco Use

While rates of tobacco use in addiction treatment are alarmingly high, they remain an issue even after individuals complete their stay in rehab. Of those in twelve step programs or people maintaining alcohol abstinence within the recovery community, as many as 60% are still addicted to nicotine.

Most individuals in these programs are experiencing success in their ability to quit alcohol use but unfortunately are endangering their health by continuing to smoke. AA members may be unaware of these issues as addiction treatment programs may not address their smoking or may fail to view quitting nicotine as an important part of their recovery.

The origin of the twelve step program may never have included smoking in its rules and practices because they were not aware of the health issues associated with tobacco at that time. Even programs today are not fully aware of the scope of the problem and continue to be reluctant to address nicotine addiction in their recovery steps.

AA Beliefs Regarding Cigarettes

Many members involved in AA believe that the sole focus of the program always has and always should be about alcohol. Those in the program have experienced most of their problems due to their alcohol addiction and feel that nicotine is simply a side issue that does not pose a threat to anyone else.

For people in the program, quitting drinking already has an enormous impact on their health both mentally and physically. Giving up alcohol can also help them significantly reduce the negative impact on their personal relationships, career and finances. For them smoking may seem like a minor problem compared to what they have been dealing with as a result of their alcohol problem for years of their lives.

AA in fact does briefly touch on issues of moderation in actions aside froam alcohol use. Their overall belief is that moderation is best instead of irresponsible excess in behaviors not related to drinking. However, it is never directly suggested to members in AA that they should quit smoking.

Alcoholics in twelve step programs at times may make the decision to quit smoking on their own when they recognize in their own time that it is causing health problems. While AA may never fully address nicotine addiction, the principles that it teaches to members tend to encourage them to live a healthier life overall. Most AA members address their alcohol addiction first and then some may later focus on other aspects of their life such as eating better, exercising or quitting smoking.

AA remains solely devoted to issues of alcohol addiction rather than nicotine because members need the most help with this issue. Although nicotine addiction is a serious problem in the recovery community, there are separate programs such as nicotine anonymous that may be the best solution rather than AA.

The Effects of Growing Up in an Unstable Environment

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by admin No Comments

The Effects of Growing Up in an Unstable Environment

Children need predictability and a nurturing, stable environment in order to develop emotionally. It is important for them to have a routine so that they know what to expect and have people that they can count on. Unfortunately many children must experience instability in their homes due to issues such as:

  • financial troubles
  • parental unemployment
  • addiction in a family member
  • divorce
  • remarrying
  • neglect
  • physical or verbal abuse

Children that grow up in single parent homes for example tend to have poorer mental and physical health overall than those that have both biological parents throughout their childhood.

Early childhood experiences can shape a person’s lifelong health and learning so it is crucial for young children to have as much stability as possible. An unstable environment can have a profound impact on a child’s feelings of security and their eventual transformation into an adult.

Impact of Poor Conditions and Neglect

Different types of instability can affect children in a variety of ways, usually damaging specific aspects of their health. For example, a study found that depriving children of a loving environment can cause them to have lower IQs and even stunted growth leading to a shorter stature. They also tended to have more behavioral and psychological problems than children that came from a more loving home.

The study was conducted on children in a Romanian orphanage that lived in deprived conditions and were found to be shorter than average. Amazingly, many of the children that were moved to foster homes experienced a growth spurt and even saw an increase in their IQ level.

Not all psychological issues were resolved by moving the children into better homes however, as many of them remained aggressive and confrontational due to their early experiences of neglect.

Scientists involved in the study also discovered that lack of social interaction had a negative impact on the children’s neural development which tended to be weaker when they were raised in poor conditions.

Growing Up with Divorce

Although many children are fortunate enough to grow up with both of their biological parents, divorce is an all too common problem that can have a tremendous effect on a child’s development. No matter what the age of the child, divorce is a major change in family life that can sometimes lead to the absence of a parent or switching between two different households.

Typically in younger children, divorce tends to intensify their dependence and cause a regressive response as they experience the unfamiliarity, instability and insecurity of their new parental situation.

Adolescents may behave in the opposite way becoming more independent and aggressive, often defying their parents following the divorce. The long term impact of divorce can result in issues of anxiety, depression and difficulty maintaining healthy relationships.

Financial Issues And Unemployment

Families that experience financial hardship may end up creating an unstable environment for a child who is not able to have material needs met. Low family income tends to negatively affect social-emotional, cognitive and academic abilities as children grow up.

Parental employment instability is also linked to poorer academic performance in children including problems with grade retention, lower educational attainment and internalizing or externalizing behaviors. Parents with lower academic achievement such as a high school education or less tend to have children who experience more problems with grade retention.

Job instability including job loss tends to have worse behavioral outcomes for children compared with situations in which a parent may voluntarily change jobs or has fluctuating work hours. A father’s job loss in dual income households tends to have more of a negative impact on children than a mother’s job loss.

Residential instability and the quality of homes and neighborhoods can also lead to worse academic and social outcomes for young elementary school children including poor social development.

Addiction and the Cycle of Abuse

Children who grow up in a household with an addicted parent tend to experience more neglect and abuse than in non-addicted families making them more inclined to have behavioral and social problems that continue into adulthood.

Exposure to drug use itself can also have a negative impact on children who are more likely to commit crimes or abuse substances as adults. Studies have shown a shocking number of currently detained prison inmates experienced abuse or witnessed addiction in their upbringing.

Children who grow up amongst drug abuse, alcoholism and criminal activity are more likely to join into these activities as they grow older. This creates a terrible cycle, especially for those who grow up in underprivileged neighborhoods and environments where drug use is more common. These children tend to remain “in the system” often ending up in prison when they become adults.

Any type of instability can have an impact on children but those who go through the worst levels of neglect and abuse often struggle to recover and live normal lives as adults.

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